2018 Marvin Architects Challenge Best Contemporary: Pleated House
Embedded in a dense forest on the shore of Wisconsin’s Door County, the building’s unassuming volume is nestled in a small clearing at the western edge of the gently sloping site, it’s low slung silhouette disappears into the surrounding vegetation.
With a restrained exterior material palette including charred cedar siding complemented by varnished clear cedar, dark-anodized aluminum, and glass the home echoes the bark covering the trunks of trees. The name pleated house comes from the installation of the charred wood boards over furring strips of varying depths that form a gently folding, undulating exterior, much like a pleated curtain.
Inside, across from the large sliding doors, a delicate sculptural steel staircase, supported by a filigree of vertical rods, anchors the living space and leads to the upper bedroom suite and the expansive vegetated roof covering the main building volume. Contrasting the building’s dark exterior shell, the interior material palette is dominated by white walls, white lacquered cabinets, and a grey polished concrete floor.